San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Yes/No Neighbors

Adjacent cities Glendale and Burbank take different approaches to development, but that may need to change. Glendale and Burbank differ in how they handle development and growth—but now both are shifting direction.

By Carol Lawrence April 17, 2017 midnight   $$ Share

Home Repairs Appeal to VCs

SOFTWARE: Venture firms pour $80 million into ServiceTitan.

Why investors see gold in Service Titan’s app for home repair.

Detectors Plus Drones Equal Nuclear Option

TECHNOLOGY: Valley firms take radiation testing to the skies.

Drones and radiation detectors: perfect together.

Stores Push Back on Legalized Street Vending

RETAIL: New law brings up question of unfair competition.

Street vendors have been decriminalized, but to what effect on Valley retailers?

Amgen Spinoff

BIOTECH: Atara breaks ground on new Thousand Oaks facility.

Atara Biotherapeutics grows up and into new R&D and manufacturing home in Thousand Oaks.

Gas Pumps Sprout a New Video Screen

AllOver Media installs HD technology at 20 Valley stations.

Customers of San Fernando Valley gas stations will be among first in nation to view new high-definition video screens at the pump.

Want to Drive A Movie Car? Place a Bid.

Hollywood vehicle supplier to auction off slow-moving inventory.

If you just have to have the tractor from a “Mad Men” episode, you can bid on it at Picture Car Warehouse’s auction.

City Grabs Spotlight on Travel Show

Oxnard to appear in PBS episode about family vacations.

Oxnard and its businesses star in PBS family travel show.

The Number

Precipitation impact on Ventura and L.A. counties.

Jetpack Firm Eager to Fly

AVIATION: After 10 prototypes, inventor thinks he has the future of air travel on his back.

Makers of jetpacks strive to fly with a crowdfunding campaign.

Simulations Plus Sees Potential in South Korea

SOFTWARE: Distribution deal opens Asian market while stock price rises.

Simulations Plus partners with new distributor in South Korea’s pharma market.

Barrage of Bankruptcies Leads to Store Closures

FINANCE: Chains shrink Valley footprint after filing for Chapter 11.

A rash of national retailer bankruptcies has hit the region hard this spring, with dozens of stores shutting their doors in malls and shopping centers around the valleys.

Robotic Surgery for High-Precision Procedures

TECHNOLOGY: da Vinci system may cut the time patients stay in hospital.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center recently purchased a piece of robotic equipment that should decrease patient recovery time, blood loss, incision size as well as the need for pain medications following surgery.

‘Chasing Trane’ Documents Saxophonist’s Sound

FILM: Valley filmmaker secures Denzel Washington to narrate biopic.

Jazz musician John Coltrane gave no television interviews during his 20-year career and no more than a handful of radio interviews.

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Voice of the Valley

Former politician Wendy Greuel has an educational agenda as executive in residence at CSUN’s business school.

Wendy Greuel, once-politician, now executive in residence at California State University—Northridge.

Industrial Properties Morph into Self-Storage

Transaction: Repositioning fetches higher price for a Burbank building.

How can you fetch a higher price for an industrial building?

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley


Calendar of Events

The Art of the Follow-Up

When hiring, employers should consider follow-up by applicants.

What Business Can Do for Schools

Companies can get involved with local schools.

Artsy Entrepreneurs Flock to Former Pack House

REAL ESTATE: Fillmore building has space for crafty tenants.

Owner repositions former citrus packing house in Fillmore.

Wage Dilemma

NONPROFITS: Disabled programs hurt by higher minimum pay.

Minimum wage increases pose a hardship for service organizations.

Selfie Stick Grows Up for Pro Video

Burbank firm hopes to turn smartphones into high-quality cameras.

Shaky cell phone videos? That’s why film industry supplier Matthews Studio came up with the Rover rig.

Yarn Crawl Crisscrosses Valley Floor

Multi-shop event brings fiber art fans in through the front door.

Six Valley yarn shops wind up to prepare for L.A. County’s yarn crawl.

Irish Parade Pumps Sales On the Street

Business group puts together St. Patrick’s fest with retail in mind.

Why Canoga Park Improvement Association held a St. Patrick’s Day parade.